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About Janine Vance
International multi-award recipient and gold-medalist author, Janine Vance, Ph.D., Philosophy, is the author of numerous books on the topic of Metaphysics and Eastern Philosophy for beginners and her childhood adoption experiences. Janine believes that everyone has a valuable story to share and that history needs to be written by the people, for the people. She loves to assist with the development and design of books for elders and entrepreneurs and encourages all people from all backgrounds to write and share. She is a big believer in the idea that all humans hold unique and profound experiences from which to listen and learn.
Janine chose to follow her curiosity in 1997, and this led her to interesting personalities and philosophies from all over the world. In addition to the researching and writing of more than twelve books, Janine has also written several feature-length screenplays and documentary scripts. Today, Janine considers herself a free spirit and a bit of a rebel – what Metaphysicians might call an "indigo soul." Her favorite hobbies comprise of interior design, eastern philosophy, metaphysics, investigating past and future lives, paranormal activity, psychic phenomena, and empowering fellow humans to find their own personalized "hero's journey" using dream interpretation and intuitive readings.
Janine has also been known to be a compassionate and empathetic soul demonstrated by serving as her adoptive father's caregiver after his 1984 traumatic brain injury until his recent passing in 2021. She believes she was very fortunate to have his steadfast support during the development of her books. All of her work has a little bit of his wonderful essence within its content.
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Who would you honor and obey if your parents disagree? Americanized '72 is a rare Generation-X coming-of-age (and identity) story by a progressive Asian-American writer. The idyllic childhood begins to deconstruct when the protagonist's father falls 100-feet while hang-gliding and survives a traumatic brain injury, causing Janine and her twin sister to become full-time caregivers at the age of 12.
Starting in seventh grade, Janine begins to wonder, "why did the accident happen," and "who am I," on top of being asked, "what are you," and other such questions by popular school kids. After the hang-gliding accident, how does Janine's father handle his identity change from an aerospace engineer and church leader to being seen and treated as a "disabled" person?
In addition to these growing pains, Janine's adoptive mother copes with her own issues that have to do with hoarding, hiding important information, and some resentment. False assumptions made by church authorities force Janine to question her most firmly held childhood beliefs. The author's search for answers and truth begins in this book and continues after she graduates from high school.
Into Janine's young adulthood, what does the protagonist think when she finds out more shocking secrets kept by her parents? When the pastor of the church no longer welcomes her in his fundamentalist congregation, how does she respond? The author is faced with more surprising circumstances that have to do with new friendships, her mother's spiritual appearance after death, the interpretation of dreams, and an unconventional discussion with the author's own instincts and intuition.
This book opens the reader to unique yet universal family relationships and may make you think twice about who you truly are underneath the layers of society's preconceived notions. Anyone navigating family relationships and the misunderstandings that come with the territory—whether American or not—will be able to identify with this family's challenging dynamics. It may even inspire you to start a conversation with your "higher" self.